Syrian troops found chlorine and smoke bombs of Western production in Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta liberated from terrorists, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.
“In the liberated territories of Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian government troops have found containers with chlorine, the most terrible type of chemical weapons – from Germany, as well as smoke bombs produced in [UK town of] Salisbury,” Zakharova said at a weekly news conference.
“It is difficult to even comment on this fact in any way, as it is so frightening and undermining the belief in the humanity of certain countries,” Zakharova added.
Earlier, Saeed Saeed, head of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre in Barzeh, which was left in ruins by the April 14 U.S.-led missile strikes, said life-saving medicines have been in short supply due to Western sanctions.
The centre, specialises in research into cancer drugs and production.
“Our research institute worked in two directions. [First of all, the center] specialised in the development of chemical formulas for cancer drugs because – due to US and EU embargo – Syria has been unable to import anti-cancer medicines,” Saeed said.
He noted that the centre also specialised in production of snake venom and scorpions stings’ antidotes and also supplied the life-saving drugs to the neighboring countries.
“The second direction was the production of medicines for hospitals across Syria, as well as serums and antidotes for snake venom and scorpions stings. Our centre was the only in the region that produced these drugs over 20 years, and the neighbouring countries of Jordan and Lebanon used to purchase them
from [Syria],” he pointed out.
Saeed said back in 2013, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspected the centre five times and published two reports confirming that the center was not involved in any chemical weapons programmes.
He said the centre was completely destroyed as a result of the attack.
Among the losses is a high-tech chemical analysis laboratory that had ISO certification and used to issue quality certificates for the whole country.
On April 14, the U. S., France and the UK launched more than 100 missiles on a number of targets in Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack in Duma, located in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.
Accoring to the Russian Defence Ministry, a total of 71 out of 103 missiles were successfully intercepted by Syrian air defences.
The Syrian government has denied the accusations of chemical weapons use and said that the Jaish al-Islam terror group staged an attack to justify potential foreign intervention in Syria.